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Khushboo seeks Rs 3 crore in damages and apology from Maxim

16-February-2006
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Khushboo seeks Rs 3 crore in damages and apology from Maxim

Khushboo has sent a legal notice to the Indian publisher and editor of men’s lifestyle magazine Maxim, seeking Rs 3 crore in damages. The actress has also asked for an apology to be rendered before the media at Chennai, for damages caused by the morphed picture and accompanying text, in the magazine’s inaugural issue in India.

Speaking to exchange4media, Khushboo said, “We have sent them a notice seeking Rs 3 crore in damages. We’ve mentioned that in three weeks’ time if they do not act on the notice, we will have to go to court with the issue.”

If the magazine fails to respond within the stipulated period, then she intends to sue the magazine for defamation. The magazine’s representatives were to meet the actress at Chennai, but have failed to turn up so far.

“They were supposed to travel to Chennai but haven’t done so, and have been dodging the trip ever since the issue came up. They had agreed through their mediators to a public apology before the media, but that alone is not enough. I am clear about the course of action,” Khushboo said.

When contacted about the legal notice, Xavier Collaco, President, Media Transasia, which publishes Maxim in India, said that they had not received any notice on the issue. He said, “Our counsel in Chennai has been in constant touch with his counterpart from her side, and we haven’t received any such notice so far.”

The actress had earlier filed a complaint under the ‘Indecent representation of Women’ Act with the Chennai Police Commissioner. On the basis of the complaint, copies of Maxim were seized from retail outlets across the city, according to a press release from the city police.

While copies of Maxim are scarce in the Chennai market, the reason for the representatives not venturing into Chennai include the risk of arrest, going by Khushboo’s statements. “Their mediators mentioned that they would come to Chennai only if assured that they would not be arrested. I think that was another concern they had. Despite everything else, they still accepted only to the apology before the media. And we are not willing to accept that alone,” reiterated Khushboo.

The actress has made the journey from the India Today (Tamil) scandal to the Maxim victim in very little time. But this time round, the odds are stacked in favour of the actress. In terms of sheer media visibility, both Khushboo and Maxim owe maximum to this episode.

Also see:

Khushboo to press charges against Maxim; Damage cannot be undone, says actress

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